The lights are on
Between various leaks and promotional websites, the next entry in the Assassin's Creed series wasn't exactly a secret. However, today Ubisoft officially announced Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, a continuation of the saga with new features, characters, and a story chronicling another chapter in the life of Ezio Auditore. Brotherhood will be set in the city of Rome, where players can expect about 15 hours of new adventures that involve striking at the heart of the Templar order. However, instead of the usual solo gig, Ezio will be recruiting and leading a team (one might even call it a "brotherhood") of assassins. These characters may assist players on a mission directly, but they can also be deployed to different parts of Rome. A few old allies will be showing up as well, including Caterina Sforza and Leonardo.It also appears that a variation of the Villa-building in Assassin's Creed II will be making a reappearance in Brotherhood. You'll be able to invest your money in the crumbling districts of the city, getting the citizens on your side and gaining the allegiance of factions. Collecting art for you home and improving the surrounding town was one of the most engaging aspects of the last entry, so it's exciting to consider how the team will expand upon it.So far, the most talked-about new feature in Brotherhood is the addition of a multiplayer feature. Assuming the roles of Templars-in-training, players will square off against other players using a variety of classes and signature weapons. How you'll utilize these classes and weapons is still a mystery; Ubisoft is currently only specifying that the multiplayer will have "different game modes."Another hazy element is exactly how Brotherhood fits in with the series' larger mythology. Ubisoft hasn't clarified how (if at all) Ezio's continuing story in Renaissance Italy correlates to the near-future conflict involving Desmond Miles and Abstergo. Without spoiling the ending of Assassin's Creed II, it's safe to say that Ezio's role in the generation-spanning conspiracy seems to be complete, so I wouldn't be surprised if Brotherhood were set entirely in the past, with Desmond, Lucy, and Vidic not making appearances at all. The team behind the game still has plenty of time to roll out the details, but we won't have to wait too long to play it. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will be hitting store shelves this holiday season – just a year after Assassin's Creed II, which means that your assassination skills won't be too rusty when Ezio takes to the rooftops again.
Email the author Joe Juba, or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Game Informer.
I had heard some rumers of a new assassin's creed, and were hoping that they were true. Thanks gameinformer for confirming those rumers.
Now that's fan service!
Sweet! Thank God. I thought I was gonna have to wait another two years of anticipation for a new assassins creed. I can't wait to step back into Ezio's shoes. Hopefully this is a worthy successor and not ubisoft just trying to milk more money out of the series
nice, can't wait
sounds fun... rooftop assasinations in rome and the vatacan sound awesome
Just finished my second replay of Assassin's Creed II today, so now I'm really looking forward to this game.
eh.. if it's just a side story i don't think i'll be indulging until a significant price drop
am I the only one shaking
Oh man! I hate it when the supporting characters look just as cool as the main character! lol
My guess would be more training for Desmond? Sounds interesting but I'm anti-multiplayer for single player games like this. I feel it degrades the experience.
This game sounds a lot like Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on the PSP. Recruiting people to help out directly or deploy to other parts in the game.
Like Portable Ops, it looks like a fun diversion but probably won't be essential at all to the main series storyline. I enjoyed Portable Ops but if I hadn't played it I don't think I would have cared at all. And I am a HUGE Metal Gear fanboy.
Awesome! The Multiplayer feature is an awesome add to these games. I can't wait to get my hands on this cool AC game. But the ESRB rating is still in question.
I don't know what the heck happened with me and AC2, but I haven't finished it. I loved the first, was stoked to get my hands on the sequel, but when it came time to play I just wasn't compelled... need to finish 2 :(
Haven't finished Assassin's Creed II yet, but this is a no-brainer for me.
It seems there will be a lot of engaging new features in BrotherHood i just feel like this title is being rushed and might be a let down
It'll be interesting to see how it relates to the whole story. It could just tie in with where we left Ezio.